In recent public testimony before the HIT Policy and Standard Committees, Cerner CEO Neal Patterson called for mandated “directed query” messages so patients can authorize release of information, and a fix to the patient identifier problem. In response, Deborah Peel, M.D., founder of the Patient Privacy Rights organization, generally praises Patterson’s positions but points out some flaws in his identifier solution:

Patient Privacy Rights applauds Neal Patterson's call for "universally available" directed push and directed query. Universal availability includes the patient and any agent the patient selects as allowed by HIPAA.

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